Perinatal Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£44,398 to £50,807 per annum pro rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2023
The Perinatal Service is excited about the development of this permanent, full time CBT Therapist post covering three counties. Our Health Board is at the forefront of delivering the new innovative, preventative Perinatal service which is integrated within our routine antenatal services, offering all Specialist assessments in antenatal departments to normalise Perinatal Mental Health in our local communities.

We are looking to recruit an experienced CBT Therapist or Trainee, who has experience of working with maternal mental health and with Perinatal Mental Health Services. The successful candidate will join a passionate, dynamic and creative team, who are focused on ensuring a more secure start in life, for all children, building resilience, which leads to a brighter future.

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment of therapy needs, the development of programmes of therapy and the implementation and evaluation of these therapy programmes undertaking CBT interventions.

Main duties of the job

This post is advertised as a Band 7 and ideally candidates for this role must have achieved the Accreditation in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (BABCP). However applicants who do not currently hold the qualification for the Band 7 role, are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will need to attain the qualification within 2 years and will be appointed under Annex 21 rules. This means they will be supported by a development plan. (During the first year payment will be 70% of the top rate of band 7 pay, and the second year 75%). Following successful passing of the Accreditation in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (BABCP) the post holder will then be paid at Band 7 (minimum point on the scale). Support and supervision will be provided in order to develop the successful applicant to the Band 7 role. Failure to achieve the qualification in the designated timeframe could result in re-deployment.

The post holder will have effective communication skills and develop positive working relationships between all healthcare professionals, statutory and voluntary agencies. Maintaining good communication across all boundaries.

As a member of the S-CAMHS CBT team you will have access to specialist supervision in CBT interventions by a senior CBT psychotherapist, with access to regular individual and group supervision.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire 48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 11/10/23

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Appropriate Masters Level qualification or equivalent experience
  • Accreditation with BABCP
  • Evidence of having obtained a professional qualification in mental health, or relevant and appropriate experience in mental health (relevant to job description). OR The post holder is required to show a commitment or motivation to undertake appropriate training or study in the specialty area.
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
  • Knowledge of child protection issues and other relevant legislation
  • Knowledge of CTP and WARRN
  • Good record of Continuing Professional Development
  • Understanding of the principles of clinical governance
  • Knowledge of NICE guidlines
  • Awareness of safeguarding principals
  • Awareness of other therapeutic approaches and application
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health (i.e. children's Act, Child Protection Procedures)
  • Good knowledge of relevant theories, practice and research in the field of CBT and ability to apply them to relevant work situations
  • Significant experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner and demonstrating the competences as required
  • Knowledge of medication used in Perinatal / mental health problems


  • Substantial knowledge of and experience of working in mental health, including with people with serious mental health problems
  • Training in any other evidence based Psychological approached (e.g. DBT, Mindfulness based approached, EMDR)
  • Group Work Certificate
  • Supervision Certificate/experience

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)



  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services.
  • Experience of working in secondary mental health services
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Documentary evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring
  • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups


  • Experience of working with Perinatal/infant mental health service
  • Experience of delivering clinical supervision for CBT
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets are in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Training and ability to deliver other therapeutic approaches, DBT, EMDR, IPT

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Ty Myddfai

Cillefwr Industrial Estate, Glien Road, Johnstown


SA31 3RB

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